“I Wouldn’t Recommend It” — J.G. Ballard on Writing Novels

by Biblioklept

Writing a novel is one of those modern rites of passage, I think, that lead us from an innocent world of contentment, drunkenness, and good humor, to a state of chronic edginess and the perpetual scanning of bank statements. By the eighteenth book, one has a sense of having bricked oneself into a niche, a roosting place for other people’s pigeons. I wouldn’t recommend it.

From J.G. Ballard”s Paris Review interview.

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